Honey Bee Festival
Honey Bee Festival
Honey Bee Festival
Honey Bee Festival
Honey Bee Festival

Honey Bee Festival

May 3
Tickets for the festival:
Members, Master Gardeners and students $10
Non-Members $15

Sponsored by: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

10am - Vendor Fair
Check out all the offerings folks have available, from honey samples to beekeeping supplies, sure to “bee” a hit with all!

11am - Dr. Reed Johnson - Lecture

Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State University. He will speak on research that discusses honey bees and pesticides-a topic of current interest and concern! A question and answer period follows the lecture.

12-12:30pm - Lunch
Grab some lunch and visit the vendors!

12:30 & 1:30pm - Film Screening
More than Honey or Guided Visit to the Gardens’ Demonstration Hive

Children’s honey bee activities will also be taking place in the Wegmans Family Garden from 10am-12pm.

Celebrate the honey bee, an insect that has much to give us and much to teach us!
Honey bees are critically important pollinators.  In the course of gathering nectar from flowers, bees transport and disperse pollen in ways that make possible the growth of fruits, nuts, and seeds.  The Honey bee Festival at the Gardens will provide us with insight into what is happening within the beehive, show us the feasibility of beekeeping in our own backyards, and make available for purchase some of the fruits of the labor of honeybees. 

How important are honey bees? Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops responsible for one out of every three bites of food on our tables. The importance of honey bees makes their precarious status a concern for all of us.  Since 2006 beekeepers across North America have experienced a bewildering phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Adult bees appear to abandon the hive, leaving the queen and insect larvae behind unable to sustain themselves.  Will we have to find alternative ways to grow much of our food?  What will happen to the price and availability of fruits, nuts, and vegetables?

Although there is intense research to identify and rectify the root causes, the annual die-off of honeybees has become increasingly dramatic.  It is critically important that humans understand what goes on in and around the beehive so we can help stem the tide of honeybee decline and promote re-population. 
 Honey and beeswax, products of the beehive, enhance our lives in many ways. We need to appreciate that healthy honeybees give us something even more significant as they drift from flower to flower – the pollination of plants essential to our food supply as well as flowers for our enjoyment. 

Made possible by:
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County

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